On Friday 25 November we celebrated the official opening of our new building, Tarrkarri, with members of the St Andrew’s School Board, St Andrew’s Foundation, Parents’ Association, Old Scholars’ Association, major donors and the School Community past and present.

The name Tarrkarri, which means ‘the future’ in Kaurna language, was chosen via community consultation and is representative of the School’s ongoing commitment to acknowledge and respect Kaurna culture and history.

The building, which includes a brand new innovation space know as ‘The Collaboratory’, allows students to explore their engineering abilities through inquiry and collaboration. Our guest speaker for the evening was St Andrew’s Old Scholar and past parent, Professor Toby Coates AO. Professor Coates is the Director of Kidney and Pancreatic Islet Transplantation and Professor of Medicine at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and has been at the forefront of Type 1 diabetes treatments here in South Australia. He shared how vital collaboration and inquiry at an early age is for our futures leaders in STEM.

We were also joined by Lucy Hood MP, Mayor of Town of Walkerville Melissa Jones and Lauren Morris representing Steve Georganas MP.